On Friday 14 January 2011, His Holiness Aram I presided over the meeting of the Supervisory Committee of Der Zor Martyrs Monument (Syria), in his office. Three years ago Catholicos Aram I had declared the Genocide Martyrs Monument as a national pilgrimage place and nominated a committee to plan and implement activities for the pilgrims.
Bishop Shahan Sarkissian, the Prelate of Syria, presented to the Catholicos the annual report of the Committee, and new proposals for future activities. After brief discussion, the Committee decided:
1. To inform Dioceses of the Catholicosate of Cilicia, Armenian organizations and Travel agencies to contact either the Prelacy in Aleppo or Mr. Haroutiun Vartanian in Der Zor, as soon as they start planning a pilgrimage.
2.To ask Armenian families to donate memorabilia of victims of the genocide in their possession as part of the reorganization activities and renovation of the museum,.
3.To create a Der Zor Genocide Memorial Monument webpage with links to the Homepages of the Holy See of Cilicia and the Prelacy of Syria.
At the end of the meeting, His Holiness Aram I announced that on Easter Day, 24 April 2011, he will celebrate the Holy Liturgy at the Martyrs Church in Der Zor, and address his Easter Message to the people from the Martyrs Church.